Careers advice

Find out how to get in touch with our careers adviser or access Career Development and Employability Services (CDES).

Law Career Guide

Whether you’re a high school student wondering if law is the right degree for you or a current law student planning your next move after graduation, the Law Career Guide has everything you need to know about your wide range of career options and some helpful tips and resources to get you on your way.

Law Graduate Recruitment Programme

Each year in March, we team up with Career Development and Employability Services to assist students in participating in the Law Graduate Recruitment Programme.

Several medium-to-large law firms regularly participate in this programme, recruiting for the following positions:

  • Summer Clerks (summer work typically for Part III students)
  • Law Clerks (for final-year students seeking graduate positions)

Summer Clerk opportunities often lead to employment after completion of your Law degree.

The University of Auckland Law School produces a careers guide every year (in the link above) which will help you to find out what employment options are out there for you and give you some insight into the firms that have clerk and graduate programmes.

Career Development and Employability Services

Career Development and Employability Services (CDES) helps students and recent graduates take their first career steps.

Career expos and workshops

CDES organises a range of career expositions and presentations, usually around March to May each year. These events often involve law firms and other organisations that value law graduates, such as:

  • Tax consultancies
  • Key government departments
  • Management consultancies
  • Finance firms
  • Accounting firms

Attending these events will help you gain a deeper understanding of the career pathways available to law graduates.

CDES also organises a wide variety of career development-focused workshops throughout the year. Many of these are hosted at the Law School and delivered by a careers consultant, academics or employers.

Other career services

CDES can also help students with career development throughout the course of their studies with the following services: 

  • CV and cover letter writing advice
  • Conducting practice interviews with students
  • Providing career workshops and evenings
  • One-on-one appointments
  • A drop-in appointments centre

Further information

Be sure to check out the Law School’s careers noticeboards for upcoming events, dates and times. The noticeboard is located on Level 2 of building 801.

For more information about Career Development and Employability Services, visit the central CDES website.


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